Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Downham Market

Making the choice to find out about rehab suggests you’re thinking about quitting alcohol or drugs. The benefits that come from a life without taking a substance are felt by millions of people throughout the world.

When people enter rehab for an addiction, they are beginning again.

This provides freedom for people to experience and explore living in a healthier way. It takes dedication and effort, but with the right start to treatment, it’s possible to begin a life of abstinence.

Rehab 4 Addiction supports people entering recovery programmes all over the UK. It’s our job to make your admission as smooth and easy as possible.

With support, you can change and find hope. With physical and psychological treatments, you can heal and become well again.

What are the signs of a drug or alcohol misuse problem?

There are various signs that a person has taken a substance recently, and others that reveal that they might have been taking substances long-term and regularly.

If you’re concerned about someone you love having a substance misuse problem you can look out for the following effects…

Short-term side effects

Some of the short term effects of substance use include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dilated pupils
  • Unfocused gaze
  • Red eyes
  • Panic
  • Unusual behaviours
  • Confusion and not making sense
  • Slurred speech or fast-talking
  • Dizziness and being off balance

Long-term effects

When a person has been drinking or taking drugs for a while then long-term effects might include:

  • Weight fluctuations
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Peeing more often
  • Upset stomach
  • Hallucinations – usually visual and auditory
  • Memory impairment
  • Loss of motivation to participate in usual activities
  • Losing the “healthy glow” from the skin (i.e. looking gaunt)
  • Money problems
  • Relationship problems with partner, friends, and family

If it feels as though someone you care about has these effects, you might want to ask them if they have a drug or alcohol problem. This can be a very difficult situation.

The vast majority of people with addictions go through a period of denial of the problem. Many will also find it incredibly hard to talk about.

The nature of drug and alcohol misuse is very connected with the feeling of wanting to escape or bury problems.

Having someone trying to talk about it can be very distressing. Some people in this situation might then withdraw into themselves and not open up at all.

A tactful approach, one of openness and compassion, is essential. If you’re unsure what to do, you can call Rehab 4 Addiction and ask for some guidance on how to approach the situation.

What is withdrawal?

A person can experience both physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal. Physical dependencies are what occurs when the body has come to rely on the substance to function normally.

Heroin and alcohol create physical dependencies. The brain and hormonal balances in the body begin to need the substances in order to “work”.

When the substance leaves the body, a person can experience the following:

  • Shaking and sweating
  • Headaches and pain
  • Heart racing and palpitations
  • Hallucinations
  • Sickness and diarrhoea#
  • Seizures

Psychological withdrawal includes the following symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Obsessing over the substance

Does rehabilitation really work?

Going to a rehab clinic rehabilitates thousands of people throughout Britain every month. It has to be acknowledged that a stay at rehab is the beginning of a life in recovery.

The team of professionals will support you to have the best possible start to quitting alcohol and drugs possible.

You’ll take part in an immersive programme of activities, some with a therapist, some in groups with other people who are also living with addiction issues.

There are various treatments you undergo in order to target both the physical and mental aspects of the problem.

Rehabilitation works for those who are committed to change and recovery. It will take determination and willingness. Above all else, the capacity to be honest with yourself and others.

After a long time spent perhaps hiding addictive behaviours, opening up about them can feel very strange. A rehab clinic offers a safe space to do this around people who are trained to support you.

The doctors, therapists, and drug and alcohol workers have huge experience in supporting people and doing so with a compassionate approach.

Can I recover without talking about difficult issues?

In order for real healing to begin, talking is essential. What you talk about will be between you and the person treating you. The reality is, addiction exists for a reason.

For most people, it’s developed as a way of coping and managing feelings around difficult experiences.

In order to recover in any long-term way, opening up about difficult issues will make a huge difference.

You don’t have to worry, though, it’s up to you when you share what and the team of staff will ensure that you’re given the optimum support through these conversations and afterwards.

Rehab clinics have the beneficial aspect of offering 24/7 hour care. This is really useful for people in the early stages of detox and beginning therapy when lots of feelings, memories, and thoughts might arise.

What happens when you leave a rehab clinic?

Aftercare is an essential part of rehabilitating. You’ll be provided with an aftercare plan to follow which will be discussed and planned out with you.

This usually lasts twelve months and gives you a solid basis to build your new life.

Therapy sessions and peer groups will still be available and you’ll also be supported into making healthy decisions around structuring a new life for yourself.

This will usually include developing new interests.

I want to quit alcohol and drugs, what do I do?

Firstly, it’s important to give yourself credit where it’s due. Accepting you have a problem and seeking help reveals strength.

Secondly, whatever happens, going forward, you must treat yourself as kindly as you would treat someone else who has a difficult illness.

Finally, you must choose the right support for your needs. This is where Rehab 4 Addiction comes in.

We’re here ready to answer all your questions about what treatments are available in the Downham Market area. Call us now on 0800 140 4690 to find out more.


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